• Costuming
  • Outlander Inspired Druid Lanterns (DIY)

    Since that first mesmerizing episode of Outlander with the dancing druids performing their celestial ritual, I have wanted to duplicate this casual costume.  I almost always costume Claire, but this is a nice alternative for hot weather.  While the garment is basically an off-white nightgown or 18th century chemise (I used this lady’s guide to create […]

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  • Sewing 18th Century Petticoats

    My first 18th century skirt (note: not a proper petticoat) was made for my Claire costume from Outlander (Season 1).  I didn’t have a pattern or much skill/knowledge, so I bought 9 yards of heavy upholstery fabric and manually box pleated the hell out of it.  Wishing I had pocket slits, I went back about a […]

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  • Sewing 18th Century Stomachers

    I’m of the opinion that one can never have too many stomachers.  They’re like the statement necklace of the 18th century; interchangeable, drawing the eye to the chest *giggle* and worn in the closure of women’s shirt jackets.  And because they’re easy to make and need little fabric (yeah, scraps!), I currently have six…and counting! […]

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  • Sewing 18th Century Pockets

    When I made my Claire from Outlander (Season 1) costume last year, I didn’t include pockets in the skirt.  Pockets make every outfit magical, from 18th century on.  So rather than adding the pockets in the skirt I so desperately coveted, I decided to make a set of traditional 18th century pockets that could be […]

  • Adventures
  • Costuming a Barbarian at Texas Renaissance Festival

    Texas Renaissance Festival (TRF for short) runs every year during October and November in Todd Mission, Texas (just north of Houston).  There is something for everyone!  Costuming, jousting and other shows, shopping for handcrafts, festival eating, people watching, and wine/mead drinking.  As a casual costumer, I try to play along with their themed weekends (Oktoberfest, […]